being zen about writing

Lately I’ve been beating myself up for not writing enough. I guess I should be more specific – not playwriting enough. Certainly, with work assignments and my lengthy gchats, I log a lot of typing time. But for some reason, not enough “productive” writing time.

Which reminds me of something a fellow playwright said that’s always stuck with me, and had particular resonance.

We were in a playwriting class and we all went around the room and talked about our personal writing goals. She said she was working on getting “zen” about her work and her writing output. I love that.

I haven’t quite figured out the balance between writing and submitting/marketing myself and my work. God, if I’m really being honest, I haven’t found the balance between the demands of a taking care of the day to day life stuff and writing. I worry that I never will.

But I’ve seen some progress in my own balancing act. So that’s hopeful.

I guess I just wanted to share this idea of being zen about creating work. Personally, I know I can get caught up in the craziness of application deadlines, reading other writers resumes online and the endless comparison game.



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